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'Girls Fight Back!' self-defense seminar set for March 22

RELEASED: March 10, 2010

Girls Fight Back! graphicEAU CLAIRE — "Girls Fight Back!" — a personal safety and self-defense seminar for college women — will be presented March 22 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The free program will begin at 7 p.m. in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center.

The seminar is a 90-minute, interactive program addressing women's safety and self-defense. The presentation combines cutting-edge safety training, empowerment and simple techniques that are easy to remember. Delivered with humor, the program uses a practical and down-to-earth approach to teaching women how to lead safe and fearless lives.

Participants will learn the following:

  • An understanding that violence can happen even on the safest campuses.
  • Recognizing intuition and realizing when it's communicating with you.
  • Ways to reduce the risk of being victimized and strategies for staying safe.
  • Example of boundary setting and how to convey strong body language.
  • Practical and effective self-defense strategies any female can use, regardless of size.
  • How to recognize and use improvised weapons.

The "Girls Fight Back!" program was developed in 2001 in response to the murder of Shannon McNamara, a popular Illinois college student. Her friend and sorority sister, Erin Weed, created the program to help women realize that it's not necessary to be a black belt to save your own life. The award-winning seminars are attended by more than 100,000 women annually, and Weed was voted best female performer of 2009 by Campus Activities Magazine.

The University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate is presenting the program as part of Women's History Month.

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